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*UPDATE* PRINCIPAL'S LETTER

Dear parent or guardian

 

On behalf of all our staff I would like to thank you for everything you are doing to support your son or daughter in these challenging times and to ask for your continued support if your son or daughter is in Key Stage 3 or Year 11, as we travel along on this uncertain journey together.

 

Our year 12, 13 and 14 students have now finished and again on behalf of all the staff, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to them, and to you, for the remarkable contributions they have made to our school during their time with us. You will see from the numerous staff videos on our social media sites that they are truly missed by their teachers, all of whom are looking forward to a time when circumstances allow us to celebrate their successes and their time with us. We do of course hope to see many of our year 12 and 13 students return to us, when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we will keep you all updated via our website and Facebook pages, and we would encourage you to check these regularly. When the situation is more certain and we can plan better, we will put our arrangements for results day up on our social media sites so please keep in touch through these.

 

Teaching continues for our Key Stage 3 and Year 11 classes. Their teachers continue to provide support through the use of the virtual classrooms, email and paper packs where these have been requested. We are asking for your support in ensuring students log in, participate in the discussions and submit work. Ultimately it is the students who will benefit from this as everything they do will contribute to their current progress and their future success. I am aware for example, that some subjects have started their GCSE work with the Y10 students and started Y12 work with the Y11 students. Given the current uncertainties about the next academic year, it is vital each and every student continues to make as much progress as they possibly can, between now and the end of June. With this in mind, we have decided to cancel the Key Stage 3 assessments for this year because it was felt that our students would benefit more from being taught and engaging with their teachers. 

I know our teachers are regularly asked how a parent can best support their son or daughter and probably the best advice we can give is to simply ensure that he or she is submitting work and acting on the feedback provided by teachers. Even if you are not familiar with the system, you can monitor what is happening just by looking at the screen. This will show if your son or daughter is contributing to the discussions or engaging with his or her teachers. A glance at the screen will also show if work has been submitted. An added advantage is that you as a parent now have the opportunity to monitor first-hand your son or daughter’s current progress.

 

There is no doubt we are all still learning how to make best use of the systems and for this reason we have provided information and guidance for you on our website. We would encourage you to look at this and seek guidance if you require it. Teaching and teacher support will continue until the end of June which is for a number of weeks yet and we want every student to make the very best use of what is available to him or her during this time.

 

Equally important during this time is a balanced approach to studying. Whilst studying provides a routine and keeps the mind active, it is also vital that you as a parent and your son or daughter maintain a sense of wellbeing and balance throughout all of this. One of the easiest ways to do this is to keep active in ways you enjoy and are comfortable with. There are numerous resources available on-line and on our websites and Facebook pages to guide you on this but the important thing for now is to recognise that maintaining a balance between study and other activities is important.

 

It is also worth remembering that the College Counselling services continue to be available and students can access these through either the Pastoral email or directly at Family works.

 

I would like to finish by acknowledging the contributions you as a parent have made to the success of our students and again thanking you for your continued support. We will all of course move forward together, to ensure each and every student achieves the very best they can in a manner which also ensures you, your son or daughter and our staff all remain safe. Thank you and take care.

 

John Dennison

Acting Principal.

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